Ronald Reagan won the Cold war with this speech
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Forty years ago this week, President Ronald Reagan lit a fuse that would bring down an empire. In a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals, Reagan didn’t mince words. He put the blame for the Cold War solely on the shoulders of the Soviet Union, and called it an “evil empire.”
He rejected our policy of peaceful coexistence with the Soviet Union. The U.S. would no longer accept perpetual Cold War with this evil empire, we would take steps to win the Cold War. On our terms. Without firing a shot.
For decades American leaders, of both political parties, had insisted we had only two options in dealing with the Soviet Union: either an uncomfortable Cold War peace or Hot War nuclear Armageddon that could have no winners or losers.
Reagan joked that his new policy was simple, “We win, they lose.” He believed winning the Cold War was not only possible, but also our only righteous course of action.
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For Reagan, the Cold War was more than just a contest between two morally equivalent great powers, it was the battle between good versus